Difficulties While Praying

Some people find praying the Rosary difficult, because they do not understand the manner in which the vocal and mental prayer of the Rosary are to be combined. The vocal prayers are sometimes called the BODY of the Rosary, while the mental prayer is its SOUL. While the lips are uttering the words of the Hail Marys, the mind dwells on the various mysteries. The ten Hail Marys function as a measuring device to determine the length of time to reflect on this event in the life of Jesus and His Mother.

Others have difficulty in keeping their mind on the mystery of the Rosary they are praying. To help solve that problem, the Rosary Center has a booklet, Praying The Rosary Without Distractions, from which this guide is excerpted. For each of the mysteries of the Rosary, there are ten brief points of reflection to help keep one’s attention focused on the mystery in question. It is not necessary to dwell on all ten points of reflection. One may feel free to dwell on as many or as few as is helpful. For example, one could spend the whole decade on two or three points of reflection. Of course, there are countless other points of reflection that could be used for each mystery.

The points of reflection can also be found online, by clicking the appropriate link below.

Joyful Mysteries
Luminous Mysteries
Sorrowful Mysteries
Glorious Mysteries